Read Kiss Carlo Online Free - From Adriana Trigiani, the beloved New York Times-bestselling author of The Shoemaker’s Wife, comes an exhilarating epic novel of love, loyalty, and creativity—the story of an Italian-American family on the cusp of change.
It’s 1949 and South Philadelphia bursts with opportunity during the post-war boom. The Palazzini Cab Company & Western Union Telegraph Office, owned and operated by Dominic Palazzini and his three sons, is flourishing: business is good, they’re surrounded by sympathetic wives and daughters-in-law, with grandchildren on the way. But a decades-long feud that split Dominic and his brother Mike and their once-close families sets the stage for a re-match.
Amidst the hoopla, the arrival of an urgent telegram from Italy upends the life of Nicky Castone (Dominic and his wife’s orphaned nephew) who lives and works with his Uncle Dom and his family. Nicky decides, at 30, that he wants more—more than just a job driving Car #4 and more than his longtime fiancée Peachy DePino, a bookkeeper, can offer. When he admits to his fiancée that he’s been secretly moonlighting at the local Shakespeare theater company, Nicky finds himself drawn to the stage, its colorful players and to the determined Calla Borelli, who inherited the enterprise from her father, Nicky must choose between the conventional life his family expects of him or chart a new course and risk losing everything he cherishes.
From the dreamy mountaintop village of Roseto Valfortore in Italy, to the vibrant streets of South Philly, to the close-knit enclave of Roseto, Pennsylvania, to New York City during the birth of the golden age of television, Kiss Carlo is a powerful, inter-generational story that celebrates the ties that bind, while staying true to oneself when all hope seems lost.
Told against the backdrop of some of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, this novel brims with romance as long buried secrets are revealed, mistaken identities are unmasked, scores are settled, broken hearts are mended and true love reigns. Trigiani’s consummate storytelling skill and her trademark wit, along with a dazzling cast of characters will enthrall readers. Once again, the author has returned to her own family garden to create an unforgettable feast. Kiss Carlo is a jubilee, resplendent with hope, love, and the abiding power of la famiglia.
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July 14, 2017
I've read every novel Adriana Trigiani has written and while Kiss Carlo is not awful, it's certainly my least favorite of her works. It seemed to try to tell the story of too many people without making me care all that much for many of them. That said, a highlight of the book was the friendship t...
June 05, 2017
Sitting down with a new Trigiani novel, is like opening a box of chocolates. Not quite sure what’s under the coating, but knowing it will be sweet and tasty. It’s like visiting an old friend. I know I’m in for some delights, some words of wisdom, a tear or two, some chuckles, and some salivating...
June 10, 2017
I'd find it hard to say "no" when offered a taste of Trigiani. I truly adored The Shoemaker's Wife. Still, I've also glanced at other novels she penned and felt immediately turned off. But, the adoration won out and I happily signed up to receive an advance edition of this novel (which came with...
July 05, 2017
I would rate this book a 2 1/2. It was enjoyable, and Adriana Trigiani is one of my favorite authors, and I have enjoyed many of her other books, but Kiss Carlo was not one of my favorites. It dragged on, and although I liked the way the book came together at the end, it was too abrupt. One minut...
July 28, 2017
I'm disappointed for the first time ever. I've read all of Adriana's books, and I was so excited for this one to come out. But it dragged and felt disjointed and kind of all over the place. I kept feeling like certain things were supposed to carry more significance than they were. I still adore A...
April 13, 2017
I would like to thank Edelweiss and Harper Collins for an ARC(advanced reading copy) of "Kiss Carlo" by Adriana Trigiani for my honest review.
The genres of this novel are Women's Fiction and Historical Fiction.
The timeline of this story is 1949, after the war. The story takes place in a little It...
April 15, 2017
Not quite the family saga that she's written before - focuses mainly on late 1940s and early 1950s. I felt it was overlong. I liked the story and the observations about family.
July 24, 2017
I simply inhaled this book while on vacation! I have read most of Trigiani's books and I would consider this her best. The characters are real and easy to warm up to! A beautiful slice of Italian life in Philadelphia circa 1940's.
June 13, 2017
Adriana Trigiani has gone back to her roots with her latest book, KISS CARLO. It’s the story of a large Italian American family that’s set in Philadelphia in the 1950s. When brothers Dom and Mike have a falling out, they form rival cab companies and go their separate ways but they’re always aware...
June 23, 2017
NOTE: I received a complimentary ARC of this enthralling novel from TLC Book Tours for an honest (and honestly enthusiastic!) review.
This wonderful novel was my introduction to Adriana Trigiani, who is now one of my favorite authors! With Kiss Carlo, she has delivered a totally riveting, compelli...